To decide upon the Medicaid budget is one of the many works that the federal government has long been entitled to work upon. But proposing cuts in the budget is not what the majority in the country was expecting, since the program provides more benefits than Medicare.
Unlike Medicare, Medicaid covers long-term care costs, both in a nursing home and at-home care as it provides a broad level of health insurance coverage, including doctor visits, hospital expenses, nursing home care, home health care, and more.
Considering the causes and impact, the president proposed a Medicaid budget on Monday that is set to include a $1 trillion in cuts to the program and the Affordable Care Act for about a decade. The move is seen as a repeal and replacement of ObamaCare. In short, the released budget includes $844 billion over 10 years in cuts from the “President’s health reform vision”, with more than $150 billion in additional cuts from implementing Medicaid work requirements and other changes to the program.
The cuts in the Medicaid budgets invoked condemnation from Democrats as it brought along the possibility that people who fail to meet the requirements might lose their coverage – a created duplicity. Promises of not cutting Medicaid budget while providing health insurance program for the poor was the main agenda of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. His present announcement is a clear example of how the president reneged his own words, says the Democrats, who themselves have prioritized the Medicaid program ahead of the November elections.
In the past, Democratic hopeful Joe Biden decided to build his campaign on the ACA’s framework, while his opponent in the race, Bernie Sanders focused upon Medicare for All option. Likewise, re-building the broken healthcare system became the sole agenda of the Democrats.
Speaking against the Medicaid budget proposal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “Americans’ quality, affordable health care will never be safe with President Trump.” Meanwhile, a senior administration official defended the Medicaid cuts, with the arguments that the reforms will help to preserve the program for the needy, following a sustainable path.
Cutting of the additional federal funding that initially helped the states to expand the Medicaid program to cover more people under the Affordable Care Act, is one big motto of the proposed announcement. But could the Medicaid budget by the president survive in the Congress? In the past, many of the presidential budgets died on arrival in Congress. Considering the Democratic majority in the House, there is still no hope that the proposed changes in the healthcare plan will pass.
The critics do believe that if Republicans win the November elections and get majority in the House, steps will be taken to cut down the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid budgets. Nevertheless, the move seems to have gotten a green signal by many in the country, while many remain furious over it. It shows the repetition of the Trump administration’s one of the previous moves where they introduced a Senate healthcare bill that focused upon Medicaid cuts, leaving the future of the healthcare policies in a mystery.